V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1929 in the Journal Proletarskaya Revolyutsiya No. 2–3. Sent from Krasnoyarsk to Moscow. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1977, Moscow, Volume 37, pages 97-98.
Translated: The Late George H. Hanna
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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March 26, 1897

At last, Mother dearest, I have received news of you and am very glad. First, I have received a telegram in answer to mine. I had inquired at the station but there was nothing there. The Schwester[1] found your letter there later, and Anyuta’s must, therefore, have been lost. Secondly, I got a telegram just after nine yesterday evening saying they were leaving, was overjoyed about it and ran headlong to the Schwester to share my joy with her. Now we are counting the days and are “travelling” by the mailtrain that left Moscow on the 25th. The last telegram I understood to mean that they are travelling at their own expense, otherwise it would not have been signed by Gleb. I think he has also sent a telegram to his mother[4] in Chelyabinsk, otherwise he might travel past her while she is sitting and waiting for news! (The Schwester’s letter to her was posted not long ago, so she will probably not yet have left.) I am very thankful to Manyasha for her letter and for the extracts from letters received. I am enclosing herewith a reply to one of those extracts—let Manyasha deal with it as before. I count on exploiting her further for letter-writing and even for literary work. You may send me books and letters here; I don’t know yet when they’ll chase me out and where to. It would probably be better to send them to the Schwester, and register the more important ones for there seems to be a terrible lot of carelessness at the post office here and letters, apparently, get lost (to that, I suppose, must be added outside hindrances[2] ).

There is nothing new I can write about myself; my life goes on as usual. I stroll to the library outside town, I stroll in the neighbourhood, I stroll round to my acquaintances and sleep enough for two—in short, everything is as it should be.


I am sending Anyuta a list of those books I should very much like to obtain and which, it seems, can be bought only in the St. Petersburg second-hand bookshops, so you will have to write to the =q director[3] and ask him to do it or get somebody else to. I am very angry with myself for getting one name wrong (or rather, one year) in a letter from the remand prison, and making Anyuta travel about for nothing. Could not a search also be made in the Moscow libraries? Perhaps they are to be found somewhere.

1. Yezhegodnik Ministerstva finansov, St. Petersburg, 1869, First Issue.

2. Statistichesky vremennik Rossiiskoi imperii, published by the Central Statistical Committee of the Ministry of the Interior.

Second Series, Sixth Issue: Materialy dlya statistiki fabrichno-zavodskoi promyshlennosti v Yevropeiskoi Rossii za 1868 god. Edited by I. Bock. St. Petersburg, 1872.

3. Statistichesky atlas glavneishikh otraslei fabrichno-za  vodskoi promyshlennosti Yevropeiskoi Rossii s poimennym spiskom fabrik i zavodov. Compiled by D. Timiryazev .Third Issue. St. Petersburg, 1873 (I found the first two issues here in Yudin’s library. The original price of the three books was (1) 2 rubles, (2) 1 ruble and (3) 1 ruble 50 kopeks, but they are not on sale).


[1] A. M. Rosenberg, G. M. Krzhizhanovsky’s sister.—Ed. —Lenin

[2] A reference to the tsarist censorship.—Ed.

[3] S. I. Radchenko.—Ed.

[4] Lenin’s assumption was a mistaken one; Gleb (G. M. Krzhizhanovsky) and all his companions went into exile at the expense of the state.

Krzhizhanovsky’s mother, E. E. Rosenberg, followed her son into exile.

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